Access to Books and Summer Reading

Access to Books and Summer Reading

As I put my summer reading assignments together, I really thought about the ways in which my students might get books. I actually sent my assigned books to my ninth graders to read. (I had such a big section that I ran out before everyone got one of each.) My seniors chose authors — and … Continue reading

Looking for Joy

Looking for Joy

The kid is up. And what I love about this is that he wants everyone to know he’s up. So he’s whistling. Some days this makes me want to climb the walls – when he’s been whistling for hours at a time, my patience for it can run kind of thin – but this morning … Continue reading

Summer Reading: It’s All About Priorities

Summer Reading: It’s All About Priorities

This week’s theme is summer reading and choice reading. If you had asked Teenage Me about summer reading and choice, she would have laughed and said, “Aren’t they pretty much the same thing? Shouldn’t I get to choose what I read over the summer?” I was a teacher-pleaser and I would read anything that was … Continue reading

Thinking About Summer Reading

  Over the last couple of summers, I have spent a great deal of time agonizing over summer reading assignments. Our district requires them for honors students – and since I teach two grades of honors, I need to craft two separate assignments. Since Teenage Me always¬†viewed summer as a time of freedom – the … Continue reading

Celebrate: Time With My Guys

Celebrate: Time With My Guys

Summer, I have realized, is hardly a less hectic time of year than when school is in session. The dress code is a little more relaxed, but it is a busy time of year. Appointments, extra chores, planning, conferences, vacations, summer camp, online projects, visiting with friends, all the big cleaning projects you say you’ll … Continue reading

A New Motivation to Write

After a long hiatus from writing here, I have been thinking about how I might want to return. With a book review? With some of the summer planning I’m doing for next fall? Finally getting to writing a reflection on my learning at All Write a couple of weeks ago? A post with my son? … Continue reading

#IfNotForFranki

In an effort to celebrate Franki Sibberson’s birthday, her friends (and I feel so blessed to be counted among them) have decided to send her thanks for all of the things we’ve done and experienced because of her spirit and encouragement. I didn’t have to think too hard about what I’d write about Franki. I … Continue reading

Once Upon a Time…

I looked at my calendar yesterday, as I usually do on Sundays, to see what the week would have in store for me. Who is on Nerdy. What are in my plans. What meetings or practices or events do I need to be at or shuttle Jr. Librarian to. I looked at the schedule for … Continue reading

Lessons Learned

So I had the best of intentions of writing some kind of narrative of every day in March. Only to blow it on Day One. I wrote on my blog yesterday morning but it wasn’t really a narrative so I didn’t post the link on the Two Writing Teachers blog. I was pretty sure that … Continue reading

The Joy of New Beginnings

I am a huge fan of beginnings. Beginnings speak the language of hope and possibilities for me. A fresh clean page in a notebook could become anything I want it to be – from a mundane to-do list to the first page of a novel to a love letter. Beginnings make me think of puppies … Continue reading